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free media gogarty dot com. shock and a free and eyewitness to brutal attacks on kurdish civilians in syria tells r g what's happening in the ethnic enclaves and now plagued by radical ists. foreign and defense ministers from russia and the us are said to search for solution to the syrian violence in the first meeting since the diplomatic friction over n.s.a. leaker edward snowden called relations. and the roots and fruits of the arab spring we look at the ongoing democratic quite susan struggle for stability in the arab world more than two years after the uprisings.
like for moscow you're with us here on our d. it's good to have your company with us you're with me on would say let's take a look at the bullets in the south. right kurds who are trying to report attacks by radical islamists in syria i danger of being abducted that's what an eyewitness to an assault has told our team the kurdish minority in syria has endured being the target of heavy attacks allegedly for around three weeks now with the alarming reports of killings and kidnappings growing let's get more now from our choosing who's in the area they do it or not do we have any concrete details regarding what's happening in the kurdish areas in syria now. well it's really hard to get any proper and concrete details about the situation in the kurdish areas of syria at this point because of the caves so maybe that is perpetrated the area but we do know that. there is an operation essentially anti kurd operation being taken
having occurred is occurring and it's essentially being carried out by the. state of nevada and iraq these are the two main groups that we could talk about right now that is what the kurds themselves are saying of course there have been reports of many other. it's also operating in this area but as far as the kurds themselves are concerned they're saying that situation is getting worse with every day and arthur has managed to talk to. witnesses who described the goings on in the kurdish part of syria at the moment. to skate their shot militias raided their house and blew up some of them and robbed others till now they have more than two hundred civilian hostages we are in contact with some of those who managed to escape they are in a shock and fear for their lives the conditions are very bad people are in fear and terrorized. out of control there raiding the streets there's no media coverage and
anyone who tries to reach out is being kidnapped by the militants. again the reports they're coming in a very hard to verify that we do know that the united nations and investigators are on the ground right now trying to piece together whether earlier reports that some four hundred people being killed in cold blood are indeed true the u.n. has said that if indeed those reports have any basis in reality that this amounts to a war crime nevertheless this issue doesn't seem to get any better even though it does get more coverage at this point the problem is like i said it's the lack of communication it's the lack of opportunity for people who are inside the kurdish towns and villages to reach out to the world because they are essentially. fearful to come out on the street where extremists groups are roaming our cities and towns and of course the reporters or any other journalists or people who are trying to get into the areas again they cannot get through because of the extremely dangerous
situation of course if it doesn't seem to get any better and it is something that. is definitely becoming more and more alarmed about situation not getting any better and it's becoming more and more complex this conflict. giving us an update she is in the area on what's happening in syria where you can follow her on twitter for the latest developments in the syrian conflict and the situation with the country's kurdish minority she's following developments out. a statement from the peace in the. campaign calls on others to defend the kurds from massacre and ethnic cleansing it's up to the kurdish democratic union party appeal to the e.u. on thursday also calling to the world for help and protection from what they see as genocide against the people let's take a look at that statement not peace activists in a kurdistan asking the un the us as well as the e.u.
to act now to stop what they call brutal massacres demanding that they stop sending weapons to groups in syria using them to attack civilians and commit war crimes the statement also says turkey's role in fueling the conflict in the kurdish enclave in syria needs to be examined as well it's off the turkish claims that it's not involved and that it doesn't support al qaeda linked fighters kurdish politician has son mohammed things the support for the syrian rebels receiving from abroad is to blame for his people's plight. all of this is happening because the rebels have known from the group by countries that do not want democracy and peace and. turkey in the gulf monarchies are arming these terrorists meanwhile western countries are turning a blind eye to all their ignoring the atrocities being committed against the kurds we're calling on the west to stop supporting and to assist us otherwise these
extremist forces that eventually turn against their back. the cia's are going second in command has warned that syria's turbulent situation raises the chance of al-qaeda affiliated extremists getting their hands and dangerous weapons and that made syria the top threat for the u.s. right now now the former deputy director michael morrell says of the potential collapse of the assad government with its a massive chemical arsenal will render the country a haven for al qaeda terrorists he also claims that given the constant. syria could become the next libya and the conflict could spill over into jordan lebanon as well as iraq the director of the institute for policy studies told us that the u.s. and its western allies should reconsider their military support to the syrian opposition since there's no guarantee who will eventually get the weapons. despite all of the assurances of the various representatives of the free syrian army or the
national syrian council who say well we'll make sure they don't get in their hands because we'll keep receipts i'm sorry but receipts aren't going to make it when one force has the capacity militarily to overcome the other force they can't make that kind of a guarantee that they won't fall into those hands it's been true for quite a while that the most powerful militarily of the opposition forces have been the islamist forces allied consciously of their own choice with al-qaeda certainly there will be challenges for the west if there is another permanent stronghold of al qaeda someplace like syria and the danger of al qaeda or other unaccountable forces who have no commitment to international law getting control of weapons of mass destruction that may exist inside inside syria such as chemical weapons that would be disastrous. finding a solution to syria will take center stage when russia's foreign and defense ministers meet their u.s.
counterparts later on friday relations between the two countries to a big hit after barack obama canceled his one on one with president putin because russia granted asylum to n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden advantage again reports both sides are trying to stand on rapidly shrinking common ground on key issues. u.s. russia relations for a new low over snowden president obama has just scrapped the bilateral meeting with president bush and it's in this frosty setting that secretary of state john kerry and secretary of defense chuck hagel are meeting their russian counterparts are often sergey to try and find common ground on a whole range of issues snowden of course will be part of the discussion it is a part but it is a not a large part of what the agenda will be on friday the obama administration keeps saying they scrapped the meeting with the russian president not just because of snowden but because of a lack of progress on other issues naming missile defense and human rights in russia but the u.s. have helped some disagreement over missile defense committee years with regard to
human rights imagine if meeting with the u.s. president one possible so is pretty much clear to everyone that at this point it is about snowden and the question many ask ahead of the friday meeting is whether this scandal based tension will affect cooperation between the u.s. and russia in other spheres on syria for instance where cooperation is already under a lot of strain to say the least both moscow and washington agreeing to meet somebody in geneva where they would bring all sides of the syrian conflict together to map out a political solution but are they any closer the opposition has been clear they will not sit down with people who have blood on their hands these are all part of the discussion and all issues we continue to work through the idea of the summit was about bringing all hands to the negotiating table in order to finally stop the bloodshed and save syria from becoming an all but one thing that both the u.s. and russia agree on is that the terrorist threat is growing in syria russia is sure
to raise the issue of u.s. plans to arm the rebels when it's clear that the weapons can easily migrating to the terrorists' hands that happened in libya so similar concerns on both sides but very strong disagreements on what to do and how to do it nobody expects that before . for john kerry to get a lot of raw chuck hagel and. walk out of that meeting on friday with a big smile on their face but the hope is that they will look nice not let disagreements and scandals completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries can actually make. edward snowden's revelations have left the former n.s.a. chief to compare activists who support the whistleblower to al qaeda because they could be a major terror threat to the u.s. government but i. know who runs a website detailing worldwide intelligence collection says that's quite a turnaround for a country which prides itself on free speech. the statement of the former
and is saying that this new group supporting transparency that they might have to be or seeing us a new term resist i mean that's an amazing statement in a country that has been originally having a first amendment freedom of speech and transparency of governmental affairs was within that tradition something that was normal that simply amazing united states tried to apply a lot of pressure on russia because the. will have an idea how much damage snowden can do for them if you'd just comes out with the material showing the involvement of major u.s. software and hardware corporations in a mission worldwide to get access to data that's been processed components and this will over time big impact also economy wise. so russia is
not the place and from my perception not the guy you can pressure on. you first resistant to the. snowden reportedly favored one particular encrypted mail service which has now been shut down find out why at r.t. dot com by all you also they read about an n.s.a. official i mean clean about exactly how data from american citizens and that snooping agencies have all of that. is winter olympics a hit by a storm of polls fourteen boycott the games but it's got nothing to do with the sports we take a look up in just a few minutes. right we'll be back after this short break in you're watching r.t.d. stay with us.
lives. welcome back he is still watching r t now roughly two and a half years off to a revolutionary wave as should the arab world not of the countries which experience uprisings i'm joining stability today some of them must struggling to stay the course for democracy while others experiencing deja vu with yet to yet more antigovernment dry it's not as innocent as a full stall. the arab spring captivated the world just over two swords years ago changed democracy and new elected governments were promised in the three countries that began this wave of revolution but what prevailed is nothing short of chaos
almost full circles in tunisia and egypt and in neighboring libya a situation some described as much worse than before regime change we don't hear anything about libya in the western press or western television channels what we know is different groups vying for supremacy people are desperate to try and put a cover on what has been created by the libyan disaster in the fall of gadhafi trends have formed take tunisia we all remember mohamed bouazizi the fruit vendor who set himself on fire in december twenty ten his death sparked mass protests followed by the president fleeing in mid january twentieth eleven now again the death of an opposition leader sparked protests in july twenty third teen they haven't let down still this week tens of thousands are on the street demanding the resignation of the government in egypt as similar to two thousand and eleven and
mass protest mubarak he's out twenty thirteen mass protests morsi is also out and violence reigns with the help of the military. the fact that morsi violated human rights does not justify overthrowing him and especially if together with the overthrow we get more violations of human rights road unless you are an investigator on torture one man does there he told r g the most worried he is it's about countries like libya where the organization is denied access but are aware of atrocities far worse than under gadhafi very troublesome because we hear about clandestine detention centers. detention centers that are run by militias that are not accountable to anybody still many experts including mendez expects positive change in the our world it's just not clear at what cost and how long it could take if the military backed government is struggling to restore political
stability but the egyptian people face a much bigger problem now the post ramadan feast is a food will be increasingly hard to come by as the most populous arab nation is experiencing a major supply crisis and it's also in its worst economic condition in nearly eighty as. examines the problem. at a cairo hospital food bank volunteers offload banks of provisions to prepare a traditional ramadan dinner for many like most of our words a hospital worker tonight's donated meal is the largest one he'll get this week i earn about fifty dollars a month and we are six people so the maximum i can do is buy beans two for a few sounds so i can eat we want justice i work a whole day and make practically nothing when i'm leaving but if i don't and this tiny salary my family will meet the poorest are suffering in egypt as policymakers and the media are distracted by the deepening political crisis food banks like this
one who tried to cover the whole country are stretched to their limits explains coordinator at. the poverty line is so high food is the most important think we care about who provide hundreds of food baskets full of fries and basic food stuff so that they can feed families for a month in some places will go to our totally destroyed every time we visit it gets worse even provide livestock so that they can feed themselves for a while with the country in turmoil food distribution centers like these a plug in the gaps amid an escalating crisis food insecurity has risen significantly in the last few years according to the world food program resulting in a rise in stunting anemia amongst children due to malnutrition over a quarter of the population is under the poverty line and they're the ones being hardest hit with the continued civil unrest and dwindling foreign exchange reserves and they say the situation will only get worse as egypt is unable to import much needed wheat for the brat millions depend on government subsidized bread that sells for about one cents
a loaf however critics say egypt's food subsidies are wasteful and don't filter down to those who truly need it it's basically subsidizing items at a very cheap prices and baling it to the mainstream populations with a very high. very slow nutritional value close to nineteen percent of the poorest people are not getting any of the subsidy and we know that twenty percent of the subs. and he goes to the richest strata of the society and i guess it is another product of sesa subsidy egypt is facing its worst economic crisis since the one nine hundred thirty s. and food prices have doubled since two thousand and twelve making nutritious food inaccessible to many in the world that there are high prices everywhere to meet his vegetables are too expensive for me with few functioning state institutions and a new interim government focused on developing political events these issues will continue to go unresolved and for the moment the most fundamental will be left starving tree for our cairo. innocent americans have been paying
police billions of dollars for not committing crimes now a system designed to seize assets from drug lords and mafia bosses has been card filling police coffers at our website for more on that. and they may last eighty five hours any you might have to wait three years for each summer but there's a freezing room valving around jupiter and maybe mankind's best chance at survival are to dot com they'll see more. now prominent british actor stephen fry has caused quite a stir with his call to boycott the sochi winter games as other russian legislators agreed a ban on promoting homosexuality to children are just part of boyko separates the midst of from the reality amid the media frenzy stephen fry's open letter said that russia is making scapegoats out of gay people just as hitler did the jews which is
why he's called for a boycott of the upcoming winter olympics set to take place in the russian town of sochi next february not a boycott sort she idea is gathering at lightning pace with clemente says on both sides of the story weighing in some of the service of pointed out that the legislation passed in russia isn't unprecedented in fact the u.k. itself had a similar law were in place until very recently the united kingdom had something called section twenty eight in place until two thousand and three which was almost exactly the same as the recent law passed in russia which said that homosexuality should not be promoted in schools or to minors so much for keeping sports and politics separate which is exactly the message that the international olympic committee gave to r t g twenty four team would only serve to deprive the country's athletes from fulfilling their dreams of competing at an olympic games something they've dedicated a great portion of their lives to accomplish. history has shown that boycotts do
not solve anything but simply punish olympic athletes those campaigning for gay rights also doubting whether stephen fry's proposed boycott is the right path to go down but only people who will suffer because of this because it is the sportsman who are participating in these in these competitions that's why i'm against the best solution in this in this case is to go and protest during the olympic games concern surrounding the new gay propaganda war in russia has even led to worries that gay athletes could be arrested when they arrive in sochi for the games to which russian authorities the fire of five but the new law doesn't outlaw homosexuality and that those attending and participating in the games will be safe despite the assurances in this former olympic host city the talk of boycott shows no sign of abating. artsy london. let's take a look at other world unease making headlines this hour there's been violence
between students and rival essentially after an activist from the push it ethnic community was found dead protesters hold rocks and molotov cocktails from inside the university security forces responded with tear gas and water cannons the police are kids of murdering the activist originally authorities didn't i actually was recently reprimanded by a u.n. investigator for using excessive force against the indigenous my poetry minority over land rights. washington has all of the evacuation of staff from its pakistan embassy in la all in response to specific threats on their diplomatic mission in the city entire province is also on high alert as terror as continued daily in the country on thursday a suicide bomber killed thirty during a police funeral procession in. russia's immigration laws
just got tough with harsher penalties for not only illegal workers themselves but also those businesses which is to hire them millions of people come to russia without permission a situation which the authorities are struggling to get under control he's going to reports. i mean. we came here thinking it's the road to opportunity but instead the many thrown themselves on their way back home we were working and then all of a sudden police rushed in and detained us. over one thousand illegal workers were arrested this week alone so many in fact that a temporary camp had to be set up to house those awaiting deportation several human rights organizations have criticized the conditions the migrants are kept in only the basic necessities are provided meals toilets and showers. huge number of course this isn't a summer camp or your vacation getaway but we do have to remember all these people . violated the law but some n.g.o.s claim these conditions are still better than
the ones most of the workers experienced during their so-called employment just like their realities these people lived as slaves almost none of them got paid they work for food independent public movements have also been trying to help authorities get the situation under control for instance this is one of the basements they raided home to over a dozen workers many without documents and their employer. how can we find out who's in charge here our boss yes not here right now can we call them i don't have the number. workers are usually hired by contractors which service buildings and apartment blocks clean streets and look after other infrastructure. because of high rent prices in the city it's cheaper for contractors to house and basements even though it's illegal we've gone through around fifty in the last six months around five hundred migrants have been passed over to the police most were
fined and some were deported. according to migration officials there are around three million illegal migrant workers in russia but independent studies show much higher figures but clearly for companies hiring migrants is a much less of a hassle than hiring russian citizens quare entitled to social benefits while illegal workers have no support at all it's not only about cleaning streets servicing buildings or working at markets construction alone is a major source of jobs with some projects creating hundreds or perhaps even thousands of new places most of which also usually end up being taken by migrant workers the lack of transparency is found in all spheres of business and experts say it's now undermining the whole system just some entrepreneurs hire strictly legal migrants and invest in the chicken amounts of money and while those who hire illegal ones don't how can they compete from august's the fines for breaking russian migration and labor laws will be substantially increased companies will
have to pay up to thirty thousand dollars for each illegal worker they hired for them saving cash this way has never been so expensive you got this going on r t moscow. but i'll be back with more headline stories in thirty minutes before then larry king. everyone respects a promise written in stone the promise is written on the internet well they're a bit more flexible and a lot easier to erase obama made a lot of promises as a candidate on his site change dot gov including some about protecting whistleblowers and obama said that we need to empower federal employees as watchdogs and that he would strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste fraud and abuse of authority and government but strangely
and possibly coincidentally two days after the first revelation of government spying by stoughton these promises of the change dot gov site were taken down if this is not just some odd coincidence and they consciously chose to hide obama's campaign promises that this is political cowardice at its worst and words even worse is that they didn't think that this would get exposed almost immediately if you try to conduct some sort of medieval book burning to distort information on the internet then you are only going to get burnt yourself but that's just my opinion. do we speak your language i mean some of the law in advance of. the music programs is documentaries in spanish what matters to you breaking news a little to nativity angles stories. for you here.
troy spanish find out more visit i to. tito it's cold. here. is that disgraced former governor of new york he resigned after being caught in a prostitution scandal he's the man once referred to as a client nine in federal courts and the sheriff of wall street for his aggressive actions is new york's attorney general he's now running for comptroller of the city former governor eliot spitzer joins us next on politicking with larry king. by the long way eliot spitzer and i we used to sit in the back table at the regency hotel in new york that lead with his attorney general of new york where he would dine for breakfast alone. into that.